Highbush Blueberry 'Sunshine Blue'

Vaccinium corymbosum

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: corymbosum (kor-rim-BOW-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunshine Blue


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Clayton, California

Fair Oaks, California

Fairfax, California

Fremont, California

Long Beach, California

Mountain View, California

Ontario, California

Palo Alto, California

San Jose, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Casselberry, Florida

Snellville, Georgia

Russell, Kentucky

Broussard, Louisiana

Cary, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Columbia, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Rockvale, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Ben Wheeler, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Bellingham, Washington

Marysville, Washington (2 reports)

Seattle, Washington

Sequim, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 30, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Adding this to my blueberry collection today


On Jun 10, 2011, blessingspeak from Ben Wheeler, TX wrote:

I've grown blueberries for years both for commercial you-pick and as a landscape plant. This blueberry is by far one of the easiest most trouble free of all the varieties I have here in East Texas. Here where the Rabbiteye Blueberry is king this non-Rabbiteye can outshine for looks and curb appeal... not to mention it tolerates pH fluctuations better then any blueberry in the South I have run into yet.

If you are not wanting the challenges of growing blueberries but just want the berries the Sunshine Blue is your best bet.

Dan Goddard
SavoryScape, Inc.


On Jun 10, 2009, ronmac46 from Fair Oaks, CA wrote:

I'm having very good luck with this Blueberry. Halfway thru its first year which was last summer I was trying to straighten it in its pot and snapped it off at dirt level, berries and all. amagine my dismay as I held my new bush... loaded with berries. well good thing I didnt dig out the roots and throw them away, because within a few weeks they started to sprout new stems. This year It has completely recovered and is full of delicious berries again.


On May 31, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I am growing 8 varieties of blueberry, and 'sunshine blue' which I picked for its good looks, is the best. I planted 4 of them with the perennials because it is such a pretty plant in all seasons, and evergreen. It bears berries a few handfuls at a time over about a 2 month season. The berries are the sweetest and tastiest of all.

It likes sun, regular water, and is fine with my heavy clay soil. Doesn't seem to need any fertilizer.


On Dec 10, 2008, Gardening_Jim from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Good sized fruit of fine flavor ripen over a long period. Evergreen. Highly recommended by my 4 year old granddaughter, Avery, who can spot a ripe berry from 10 yards.


On Aug 30, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A dwarf variety, Sunshine Blue tolerates higher pH soils and doesn't require a pollinator - mine are second-year plants, about 18" high. Hoping for a good first-year crop next year.